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Title Let's Clear the Air
Subject Air--Pollution
Description The Thirty-Sixth Annual Frederick William Reynolds Lecture.
Creator De Nevers, Noel, 1932-
Publisher The Frederick William Reynolds Association
Date 1973-02-20
Date Digital 2008-05-29
Type Text
Format image/jpeg
Digitization Specifications Original scanned on Epson Expression 10000XL flatbed scanner and saved as 400 ppi uncompressed tiff. Display images generated in PhotoshopCS and uploaded into CONTENTdm Aquisition Station.
Resource Identifier,1266
Source TD883 .D45 1973
Language eng
Relation Digital reproduction of "Let's clear the air," J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections
Rights Digital Image Copyright University of Utah
Metadata Cataloger Seungkeol Choe; Ken Rockwell
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Date Created 2008-07-29
Date Modified 2008-07-29
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Title Page7
Description "LET'S CLEAR THE AIR" 7 The Sudden Rise in Air Pollution Awareness Then, in the spring of 1970 the "great environmental awakening" took place, and everyone wanted to do something. That winter the Utah Air Conservation Committee scheduled a hearing on proposed standards for sulfur dioxide in the atmosphere. The hearing was scheduled for a 200-seat auditorium; about 1,000 people came. Fortunately it was moved to a larger auditorium, and proceeded. Many interesting things were said at that hearing, but the tone of the affair and the spirit of the crowd was perhaps the most interesting of all. They all wanted something done, they didn't really know what, and they all knew who the villain they wanted punished was. The recipient of ire was the same large mining and smelting company. They certainly didn't want it to close up its Salt Lake City operation; that would have economic consequences which most of us would feel one way or another. But the crowd hoped this company would receive a public chastisement, and they cheered those who tried to administer this public chastisement and booed those who defended the company. In many ways it was like the football pep rallies of a bygone era, in which one cheered and booed, and went away feeling good about the forthcoming contest. Since then public awareness of air pollution both in Salt Lake City and in the nation has been high. Why was there this sudden increase in air pollution awareness, and why did it happen when it did? This is a subject of some historical dispute, but some of the reasons are obvious. One is that a great deal of the anti-Vietnam war activism was diverted into the environmental arena quite suddenly. Another is that the communications media jumped on the bandwagon most vigorously. About the same time the Santa Barbara oil spill provided a very visible example of pollution problems, which attracted wide attention. There are certainly other causes which I haven't mentioned. Beneath the surface is the fact that environmental concern is a luxury which only wealthy nations can afford, and the U.S.A. has become very wealthy. To a man who is worried about his next meal, air pollution cannot seem very important. To a man whose basic physical needs are amply satisfied and whose comforts are threatened it is a much more logical cause for concern. Furthermore, in earlier ages, air pollution as a health hazard merited little concern. When the principal cause of death was infectious diseases like influenza, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, etc., the effects of air pollution on health, which are slow and cumulative, were seldom observed. But as we have learned to cope with these killers we have survived to die of long-term degenerative diseases like arteriosclerosis, heart malfunctions, emphysema and cancer, all of which are apparently related to environ-
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Source Original Manuscript: Let's Clear the Air by Noel de Nevers.
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Date Created 2008-07-29
Date Modified 2008-07-29
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